Since the sale of cull cows can represent as much as a third of a herd’s revenue, researchers at the Noble Research Institute wondered if it was possible to increase the value of these cows to improve operation profitability overall. Here’s what they found, according to onpasture.com:
“In most cases, especially cases where rested breeding bulls are not available, we encourage producers to go ahead and sell heavy, older open cows at weaning, and provide very low-cost pasture or hay to improve condition and weight on cattle that are thinner, in poorer condition. It is also important to keep an eye on slaughter cow prices. When the market price for slaughter cattle seems to be significantly lower than the average price, you will have better odds to make a profit by retaining lighter, poor-conditioned cattle.”
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